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The New York Rangers Have Their Coach

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Two observations about the Rangers’ search that yielded David Quinn as the club’s presumptive next head coach, pending an announcement of a signed-and-sealed contract that should come by Tuesday.

First, it was not extensive. Ownership and management were clear on the traits they were seeking in Alain Vigneault’s successor. Primary among them are the ability to communicate with, teach, develop and motivate younger players while taking a more hands-on approach to team building and leadership. As such, general manager Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury zoned in early on BU’s Quinn and University of Denver’s Jim Montgomery.

The Rangers did not consider veteran NHL coaches Bill Peters, Darryl Sutter, Dave Tippet or Dan Bylsma. They did not wait for AHL Marlies’ coach Sheldon Keefe, did not speak to Toronto assistant D.J. Smith and did not wait for Washington coach Barry Trotz’s contract to expire.

Second, a search was necessary because the Rangers did not have an internal candidate ready to take over the team. 

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